Rufo was born during an after-dinner talk with some friends, while elaborating about how to better our agricultural practices to improve the environment and increase the Aleactoris Ruffa’s population in Vale D. Maria (Aleactoris Ruffa being the scientific name for the red-legged partridge). We agreed that the word Rufo, meaning red in Latin, would be a good name for a Douro red wine. But Rufo in Portuguese also means the sound of a drum, so when designing the new label, the drum quickly became the choice for the symbol of the new Rufo do Vale D. Maria, our entry level wine, and the one that announces and sets the beginning, the rhythm for our range of Vale D. Maria wines.
Vale D. Maria Rufo shows the more rustic side to the Douro, the nose presenting aromas of wild berries, cherries, strawberries, and rock-rose. The structure of the wine is quite luscious and profound, leaving a fresh finish at the end.
88 Points - Wine Enthusiast An easy blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, the wine is full of black fruits and soft tannins and has a touch of minerality. The wine is ready to drink.
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